Sven Wraps Up Construction at 29-37 41st Avenue in Long Island City, Queens

Aerial render of Queens Plaza Park looking west towards Manhattan, from The Durst OrganizationAerial render of Queens Plaza Park looking west towards Manhattan, from The Durst Organization

It looks like construction is coming to a close on Sven, a 762-foot-tall skyscraper at 29-37 41st Avenue and the second-tallest building in Long Island City, Queens. Also known as Queens Plaza Park, the 67-story tower is designed by Handel Architects for The Durst Organization and will yield 958 rental units with interiors designed by Selldorf Architects, including 300 units set aside as affordable housing. Hunter Roberts is the general contractor and Jaros, Baum & Bolles Engineering administered the mechanical systems for the project, which is bound by Northern Boulevard to the east, Queens Plaza North and Dutch Kills Green to the south, and 41st Avenue to the west.

Since our last update in April, the exterior hoist has been fully disassembled from the flat western elevation and the glass façade panels have filled in the exposed gap. Only some minor work remains to be completed around the ground level.

Sven. Photo by Michael Young

Sven. Photo by Michael Young

The Queens Clock Tower and Sven. Photo by Michael Young

Sven. Photo by Michael Young

The most notable aspect of the skyscraper’s design is its dual-concave shape, and its sweeping curve is most prominent when viewed from below in the park space that makes up Dutch Kills Green.

Sven. Photo by Michael Young

Sven. Photo by Michael Young

Sven. Photo by Michael Young

Workers were seen entering and exiting the landmarked Art Deco-style Chase Manhattan Bank Building, aka the Queens Clock Tower, which is in the process of being restored and integrated into Sven, comprising part of the project’s 50,000 square feet of office and retail space. Sidewalk scaffolding seen in our last update has been taken down, and the remaining stone and glass panels surrounding the first couple of floors are now in place with only a small portion of barriers and fencing remaining around the adjacent subway entrance along Northern Boulevard. The ornamental façade of the original clock tower is restored and can be fully appreciated.

The Queens Clock Tower and Sven. Photo by Michael Young

The Queens Clock Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The Queens Clock Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The Queens Clock Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Sven’s residential amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a 20,000-square-foot fitness center, a library, co-working areas, a children’s playroom, and a demonstration kitchen. The nearest subways to the property are the E, M, and R trains at the Queens Plaza station and the 7, N, and W trains at the elevated Queensboro Plaza station.

Sven looks like it will be fully completed well before the end of 2021.

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13 Comments on "Sven Wraps Up Construction at 29-37 41st Avenue in Long Island City, Queens"

  1. David in Bushwick | July 27, 2021 at 8:19 am | Reply

    The restored clock tower building is the most interesting part. LIC is the very boring cousin of Brooklyn.

  2. So this buikding has approximately 1000 more apartments, any new hospital or schools built? Talk about overbuilding in just one area.

  3. David : Sent From Heaven. | July 27, 2021 at 9:25 am | Reply

    I’m back to America, please welcome me to home of developments. My missing bring to an end, and I love curving inward: Thanks to Michael Young.

  4. I can’t believe I was so negative on this building. It’s amazing.

  5. My Dad used to bank at the old LIC savings bank. My first school bank book, was there as well. I remember before ATMs going to the bank with my Dad, in his Pontiac LeMans, and taking money out before this branch closed.

  6. That way that luxury public housing tower is enfolding on that clock tower has the same energy of a serial rapist or killer that’s about to pounce on someone.

  7. So glad to see a few more affordable units available in LIC, it’s just like Brooklyn with out the couches hipster pretentiousness

  8. Shane C Keena | July 27, 2021 at 12:57 pm | Reply

    Way to extract as much value out of the clocktower as you can. Still, they need to figure out Sunnyside Yards and start building. From 48th Street to 28th Street.

  9. David of Flushing | July 27, 2021 at 4:55 pm | Reply

    As far as hospitals, Mt. Sinai has an outpost in Astoria, but Queens is poorly served. I suppose people would tend to go to Manhattan except for emergencies.

  10. Wasn’t that Clocktower building once called the Queens Skyscraper?

  11. It might focus the sun’s rays & melt the clock

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